New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday tendered his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel at Raj Bhavan in Lucknow as his first tenure came to an end. This comes after his party bulldozed a resurgent rainbow coalition led by the Samajwadi Party and stormed back to power in Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile, Yogi Adityanath will be the first chief minister in the last 37 years to return to power after completing a full term in Uttar Pradesh. He is the first CM to return to power after Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP is set to return to power in the state of Uttar Pradesh after having secured 255 seats in the assembly elections. Its allies Apna Dal (S) and Nishad party managed to bag 12 seats and 6 seats, respectively.
Earlier in the day, Yogi Adityanath chaired the last meeting of the cabinet with top officials of the state.
According to sources, the meeting was likely held to discuss new faces in the state Council of Ministers while some old names were to be dropped from the Yogi 2.0 Cabinet. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) high command is planning to organise the oath-taking ceremony before Holi. The swearing-in ceremony is most likely to take place on Tuesday, March 15.
In his speech after winning the mandate, Adityanath underscored the key theme behind his party’s repeat win. “The BJP’s double engine government, in the past five years, created an atmosphere of security and gave respect to faith,” he said. Calling elections a “festival of democracy”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, thanked the voters for their mandate in favour of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and three other states which he described as “jeet ka chauka”.
Stating that the results validate BJP’s pro-poor and proactive governance, Modi added that the festival of Holi has begun with BJP’s win in the Assembly polls.
(With Inputs from ANI)